A SECOND semifinal stint for the season won’t keep Beau Belga for continuously aiming high.
The Rain or Shine veteran now looks forward to making the finals of the PBA’s final conference of the year after the Elasto Painters again fell short in their Commissioner’s Cup campaign.
San Miguel Beer finished off Rain or Shine in four games, and the Elasto Painters fail to move past the semis for the second straight conference. They lost to the Magnolia Hotshots in seven games in the Philippine Cup Final Four.
In as much as Belga considers the two semis appearances an achievement for the franchise, he said making the finals and eventually winning a championship, remains the ultimate goal of any player and team.
“Finals naman. Laging manghihinayang na short, short, although binigay mo naman ang lahat,” he said following the Game Four loss at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“Ako sa sarili ko pagod na ako na sabihing sayang, sayang,” added Belga, noting that his last finals appearance was in the 2016 Commissioner’s Cup. “So baka sakali naman, hindi naman imposible.”
That is not to undermine what the Elasto Painters did this season, especially this mid-season conference where not a few expected them to make it deep into the playoffs.
Entering the quarterfinals, Rain or Shine was seeded No. 6 against No. 3 Blackwater in their best-of-three series.
Good achievement na rin yun. And this conference hindi naman ini-expect kasi nasa ilalim kami, ang iniisip nga sa amin ma-out na agad kami,” he said. “But we proved na kaya naming umabot sa semis.”
Against San Miguel, Rain or Shine gave a good fight, but couldn’t really match up with the Beermen talent-wise.
“Wala kaming regret,” said the 32-year-old Belga. “Sabi nga ni coach Caloy matuwa tayo dahil binigyan natin sila ng magandang laban. Yun naman ang lagi niyang nire-remind sa amin, na as long as you give your best, walang regret. And we showed it tonight.”